And Happy Birthday, Beautiful!!! You're 2!!
(All horses turn one year older January 1st)
Pictures of Beautiful at "play"--though it's true, too, that through "play" dominance is established. So, she's feeling good and challenging me. After all, she is turning 2 tomorrow--a big girl, right?
You're back for more?
Back in the stall for a little rest--you forgot to shut my door!
Okay, I'm rested. I've got some more entertainment for you!
Why ya down there taking pictures of me?
Time for a roll in the snow.
So, Beautiful has tapped into her "wild-side". Maybe the snow, maybe the herd being in the barn more, me being out there less, maybe all of the above--but she's concerned about establishing her place in the pecking order--as if she's in training for her eventual release with the others and she's showing off for them.
I was taking pictures most of the time, but I did eventually put the camera away and get down to business. I haltered her and worked on her bending away, backing, and leading forward. I tossed the rope around her and rubbed it all over. Then, I groomed her and went to stand in her stall--keeping her out for a while.
I think her behavior is so funny--part of her youth and wildness--but I take it seriously, too. After all, the farrier has to be underneath her, and unless she's under control, I'd not ask him to put himself at risk.